Water has been scarce at Premier Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, it began on Saturday and has to the postponement of some surgeries.
Sources say, the authorities are claiming that the water scarcity is because of ongoing major repairs within the hospital, but the problem is having a ripple effect on patients’ access to healthcare.
Right now, surgeries are presently being postponed as a result of this development.
“I was supposed to be in theatre this week but the surgery has now been postponed by two days because of this water crisis,” a patient disclosed.
“It is so bad that patients now buy sachets of water to bathe and defecate.”
It is a regular occurrence for water to be scarce in UCH, but they happen in parts of the hospital rather than the whole.
We can remember In November, journalist ‘Fisayo Soyombo tweeted about the water crisis in the hospital. However, Toye Akinrinlola, Head of the Hospital’s Public Relations Department, later denied the crisis during a phone-in programme on TVC, in the presence of video evidence.
The sour development at the UCH follows the Presidency authorizing President Muhammadu Buhari to go to the United Kingdom for a “routine medical check-up”.
The phone number of Professor Jesse Otegbayo, Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, was out of reach at the time of this report, while Akinrinlola declined his calls.